"I’ll f... you up': Crash driver hurled abuse

After a car crashed through a brick fence and into the front bedroom of a Mosgiel house, the driver swore at people who went to help.

Tracked by a police dog, Vicki Elizabeth Tamakehu was found in a bush 500m away pretending to sleep.

Asked to come out, she did but was aggressive and threatened the dog-handler — "f... off, I’ll f... you and that mutt up" — the Dunedin District Court heard.

Tamakehu, 39, of Dunedin, admitted careless driving, three charges of intimidation, assaulting a constable and refusing a blood specimen.

Driving in Green St, Tamakehu failed to navigate the T-intersection with Church St and went straight through, resulting in the crash.

Witnesses saw her driving at speed and did not see any brake lights as she approached the intersection, court documents said.

A car that crashed into a property in Church St, Mosgiel in May 2023 was badly damaged. PHOTO:...
A car that crashed into a property in Church St, Mosgiel in May 2023 was badly damaged. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH

A person in bed when the crash happened was not injured.

But bricks landed on the bedroom floor and there was extensive damage to the house.

After threatening the dog handler, Tamakehu advanced, both verbally and physically aggressive.

She was restrained only after warnings the dog would be let go and it subsequently being released.

While being put into a police vehicle, Tamakehu threatened two constables and headbutted one, causing that constable a chipped front tooth.

Tamakehu told police she had "a few" drinks and refused to provide a blood specimen.

Judge David Robinson sentenced her to 150 hours’ community work and 12 months’ supervision, and imposed a six-month driving disqualification.